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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 28 June 2021

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Sajid Javid replaces Matt Hancock as health secretary
Pharmacy Business, PB Staff Writer, 28 June 2021

Pharmacy Business reports that Sajid Javid, a former Finance Minister and Britain’s newly appointed Health Secretary, said on Sunday 27th June 2021 that his priority was to oversee a return to normality from the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said: “Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our NHS and social care staff who work tirelessly every day, and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we have made enormous progress in the battle against this dreadful disease.” Sajid Javid also praised his predecessor Matt Hancock who resigned after breaking social distancing rules.

On 26th June 2021 Downing Street published Hancock’s resignation letter to Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister‘s response.

This was also reported by Reuters.

Boris Johnson: 30 medicines unavailable in NI due to EU protocol
Chemist and Druggist, Aleks Phillips, 25 June 2021

The Chemist and Druggist reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that thirty medicines are no longer available in Northern Ireland because of regulations enforced at the border with the Republic of Ireland following Brexit.

At the G7 summit, Boris Johnson said that medicines and one innovative cancer treatment had been denied to patients because of the regulations imposed at the border, affecting the movement of goods.

Boris Johnson stated: “If the protocol continues to be applied in this way, then we will obviously not hesitate to invoke article 16.”

Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol enables either the UK or the EU to take unilateral action if the implementation of the agreement gives rise to adverse consequences for one party or the other.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “The people of Northern Ireland must have the same access to the full range of medicines as other parts of the UK and the [Northern Ireland] Protocol should not prevent this.”

 

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 There was no parliamentary coverage today.

 

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Sajid Javid replaces Matt Hancock as health secretary
Pharmacy Business, PB Staff Writer, 28 June 2021

Britain’s new health secretary Sajid Javid said on Sunday (Jun 27) his priority was to oversee a return to normal from the Covid-19 pandemic, and praised his predecessor Matt Hancock who was forced to resign after breaking social-distancing rules.

Javid, a former finance minister, starts his new role with a pressing to-do list – coronavirus cases are rising, hospitals are warning of a growing backlog of people needing care and staff are battling burn-out in their fight against the disease.

“We are still in a pandemic, and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible, and that will be my most immediate priority to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible,” he told BBC News.

Javid said later: “Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our NHS and social care staff who work tirelessly every day, and our phenomenal vaccination programme, we have made enormous progress in the battle against this dreadful disease.”

Hancock resigned after he admitted breaking Covid-19 guidance by kissing and embracing an aide in his office, angering colleagues and the public during lockdown.

Downing Street on Saturday (June 26) published Hancock’s resignation letter to Boris Johnson and the prime minister‘s response, in which he said he was sorry to receive it.

Around the same time of Saturday evening, Hancock tweeted:

“We have worked so hard as a country to fight the pandemic,” Hancock said in the letter. “The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.”

Boris Johnson: 30 medicines unavailable in NI due to EU protocol
Chemist and Druggist, Aleks Phillips, 25 June 2021

Thirty medicines are no longer available in Northern Ireland because of rules enforced at the border with the Republic of Ireland following Brexit, the Prime Minister has said.

Speaking at the recent G7 summit, Boris Johnson reportedly said that the medicines and one innovative cancer treatment had been denied to patients because of the way regulations that were being phased in around the border were affecting the movement of goods, according to the Sunday Times.

“If the protocol continues to be applied in this way, then we will obviously not hesitate to invoke article 16,” he reportedly said during the summit.

Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol enables either the UK or the EU to take unilateral action if the implementation of the agreement gives rise to adverse consequences for one party or the other.

C+D understands that the government is aware of the supply issues, but could not share which medicines were unavailable, as the information is “commercially sensitive”.

A UK government spokesperson told C+D: “The people of Northern Ireland must have the same access to the full range of medicines as other parts of the UK and the [Northern Ireland] protocol should not prevent this.

“We have proposed bespoke arrangements that would enable medicines to move from or through Great Britain into Northern Ireland without the need for expensive and burdensome re-testing.

“Solutions must be found urgently to address [the border issues] and others and we await a response to our proposals from the EU in writing,” the spokesperson added.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 28 June 2021

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